It is no secret that the Chamber are proud supporters of Emu Swamp Dam after being the proponent and delivering the Detailed Business Case. The Chamber was the ONLY community organisation to deliver a detailed Business Case for water infrastructure with funding promised from state, federal and local private investors for $84 million. The construction of Emu Swamp Dam will provide food security for Australia and over 700 new jobs for the region.
There is still a lot of confusion around Emu Swamp Dam and at September's General Meeting, the SDRC tabled a fact sheet detailing the history of Emu Swamp Dam and the council’s involvement.
The $3.5 million the council has committed to investing in the Emu Swamp Dam project was addressed in the fact sheet, confirming it has the least impact on ratepayers compared to other proposals on the table at present. In comparison, initial assessments of Connelly Dam suggest a cost of $20 million to meet necessary safety upgrades, and raising Storm King Dam is estimated at $30 million-plus, whereas investing $3.5 million in (Emu Swamp Dam) would have far less impact on ratepayers in the future.
I urge members to view the fact sheet to learn more about this exciting project for the region.